Incredible Speech By Feingold Today
by phatass, Tue Feb 07, 2006 at 01:04:32 PM EST
Today Russ Feingold laid it all out on the line on the floor of the US Senate.
He stated clearly, and succinctly just what is at stake with the NSA spying scandal.
He states clearly that the President is violating the law and how. He states clearly that he thinks the Congress needs to do something.
This speech needs to be read.
I think if we can get this message out we can turn this into a turning point.
Mr. President, last week the President of the United States gave his State of the Union address, where he spoke of America's leadership in the world, and called on all of us to "lead this world toward freedom." Again and again, he invoked the principle of freedom, and how it can transform nations, and empower people around the world.
But, almost in the same breath, the President openly acknowledged that he has ordered the government to spy on Americans, on American soil, without the warrants required by law.
The President issued a call to spread freedom throughout the world, and then he admitted that he has deprived Americans of one of their most basic freedoms under the Fourth Amendment -- to be free from unjustified government intrusion.
The President was blunt. He said that he had authorized the NSA's domestic spying program, and he made a number of misleading arguments to defend himself. His words got rousing applause from Republicans, and even some Democrats.
The President was blunt, so I will be blunt: This program is breaking the law, and this President is breaking the law. Not only that, he is misleading the American people in his efforts to justify this program.
How is that worthy of applause? Since when do we celebrate our commander in chief for violating our most basic freedoms, and misleading the American people in the process? When did we start to stand up and cheer for breaking the law? In that moment at the State of the Union, I felt ashamed.
He's got a lot of guts.
Feingold will likely get attacked viciously in the next few days and weeks. We need to let him know what we think.